Following a meeting with Miroslav Lajcak, EU Special Representative for the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue, Albin Kurti, Prime Minister of the Serbian autonomous province of Kosova, declared that his government supports the so-called Franco-German plan for an agreement to normalize relations with Serbia.
Kurti took to Twitter to say, “Good exchange with EU special envoy over a working lunch in Prishtina. We do accept the EU proposal for normalization of relations between Kosova and Serbia, and consider it a good basis for further discussion and a solid platform for moving forward.”
The Prime Minister of the autonomous province qualified his approval of the plan by adding, “Certain questions on international guarantees, implementation mechanisms, and time sequencing will be addressed soon during the Brussels talks ahead. Democratic concepts of European orientation make us hopeful.”
The establishment of a Community of Serbian Municipalities remains an important sticking point in negotiations between Belgrade and Prishtina. The Albanian-led government opposes any executive autonomy for the Serb-majority cities. Kurti’s position is backed by the U.S. Ambassador to Prishtina Jeffrey M. Hovenier who recently declared, “We strictly oppose the creation of any entity resembling Republika Srpska in Bosnia and Herzegovina.”